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Sample grant proposal

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Sample grant proposal

  1. 1. , KurzwellII Educational Systems Sample Grant Proposal Use this sample grant proposal to help you in the process of preparing your own request for funding. Check with your state department of education to see if they require a certain fonnat in their request for proposal (RFP). Many foundations also have specific requirements. This sample grant proposal contains: • Sample Cover Letter • Sample Cover Page • Sample Grant Proposal • Sample Letter Format Grant Proposal for Foundations Kurzweil Educational Systems 14 Crosby Drive Bedford, MA 01730 800-894-5374 www.kurzweiledu.com Copyright © 2002 Kurzweil Educational Systems
  2. 2. Sampl~ Cover Letter for Grant ProposalThe cover letter should contain a summary of your proposal, introduce your organization andsummarize any recent communications youve had with the funding organization. Include the amountoffunding that you are requesting, the population it will serve, and the need it will help solve. Try tobring your project to life in the cover letter and actively engage your reader.10/06/02Ms. Joan AtwaterExecutive DirectorABC Foundation13 Hill StreetBoston, MA 02116RE: READ TO SUCCEED! PROJECTDear Ms. Atwater,Orchard Middle School is pleased to present this proposal for your review. We look forward topartnering with you to provide a reading intervention program for our students with poor readingskills called Read to Succeed! Orchard Middle School has over 50 at risk students with a readingperformance of at least two years behind their current grade level. The objective of the Read toSucceed! program is to help all students with poor reading skills learn to read at grade level andincrease their reading speed, comprehension, and reading attention span.During the last year, we have been piloting the Read to Succeed! program with a small group ofstudents with poor reading skills and have seen dramatic improvements with most of the studentsincreasing their reading ability by one to two grade levels. The Read to Succeed! program providesstudents with access to assistive reading systems, along with training for classroom teachers andreading specialists.We have seen measurable success and we are now seeking to expand our Read to Succeed! programto address the needs of all the at risk students in the Orchard Middle School. Our proposal requests$16,504 in funding to obtain the software, hardware, and training necessary to equip the OrchardMiddle School resource room with five assistive reading systems, each including a computer, scannerand assistive reading software.We appreciate ABC Foundation taking an interest in helping our students develop their reading skillsthrough our new reading program! Please give me a call at 703-555-1212 x342 if you require anyfurther information or have any questions concerning this proposal.Thank you,Jennifer HazeltonSpecial Education CoordinatorOrchard Middle School387 Pine Hill RoadOrchard, VT 02331
  3. 3. Sample Grant Proposal Cover PageRead to Succeed! hnprovin~_Reading Perfonnance for AtRiskStudentsSubmitted to: The ABC FoundationDate: October 6, 2002Jennifer HazeltonSpecial Education CoordinatorOrchard Middle School387 Pine Hill RoadOrchard, VT 02331703-555-1212 x342
  4. 4. Sample Grant ProposalRead to Succeed! Improving Reading Performance for At RiskStudentsProject AbstractThe project abstract should present a concise summary of the project. It should be no longer than apage and include the need for the project and the population it will serve, a brief description of theproject and its goals and objectives, as well as the applicants background and qualifications. Makesure you include the amount of funding that is being sought. Finally, mention how the program willbe evaluated to measure the success of the programs. The abstract should be the last section youwrite.The Orchard Middle School, in Orchard, VT is seeking a grant to expand our Read to Succeed!program with the objective of helping all of our at risk students increase their reading skills and toread at grade level using the same classroom textbooks and materials as their peers. The objective isthat by the end of the year the students will have at least doubled their reading speed and will haveimproved their reading skills by one to two grade levels. The Read to Succeed! program is based onthe latest research on effective reading instruction. Funding in the amount of$16,504 is requested forstaff training and to purchase the required software and hardware for the schools resource room.Statement of NeedThe statement of need should describe the problem that the project will attempt to address. Also,describe the population that will be servedOrchard Middle School has 276 students, of which 59 have been determined to be at risk in theirreading performance for a variety of reasons including learning disabilities, such as attention deficitdisorder (ADD) and dyslexia, or other economic and language-based difficulties. Orchard MiddleSchool is eligible for Title 1 funds and if these students are not given an opportunity to improve theirreading skills they are, as studies show, more likely to be truant and drop out of school.Program DescriptionDescribe the project or program and provide information on how it will be implemented. Includeinformation on what will be accomplished and the desired outcome.The Orchard Read to Succeed! project will enable at risk students to improve their reading skillsthrough utilization of five computers equipped with scanners and assistive reading software. Studentsusing this innovative reading system will be able to utilize all their classroom materials, includingtextbooks providing them access to the general curriculum. The students will increase their readingspeed and comprehension, which will help them obtain classroom subject proficiency. Included in theRead to Succeed! project will be a day of training for the reading specialist and classroom teachers onthe features and use of the Kurzweil 3000 software.Kurzweil 3000 Assistive Reading TechnologyInclude information on any new assistive technology that you will be using, or attach a brochure fromthe manufacturer to the Appendix section of proposal.Kurzweil 3000 software, from Kurzweil Educational Systems, uses a multi-sensory approach to helpstudents with learning and reading difficulties. The Kurzweil 3000 was developed for people withreading difficulties caused by learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, attention deficit disorder (ADD)and other language based difficulties. The Kurzweil 3000 is research-based assistive reading software
  5. 5. developed with guidance from leading reading experts. It enables all children access to state andnational curricula and conforms to todays research focused funding requirements.With the Kurzweil 3000, a student with reading difficulties has access to textbooks and classroommaterials displayed as an exact image on the computer screen. The text is then read aloud using thehighest quality, most human sounding synthetic speech while highlighting words and sentencesvisually on screen.One ofthe benefits of using assistive reading technology, such as the Kurzweil3000, is that studentsare able access classroom textbooks for increased access to general curriculum materials. This meansthey can use the same materials used in the classroom and the students are able to continue learning inthe least restrictive environment. In addition to reading tools, Kurzweil 3000 includes audible tools toassist word decoding (syllabification and spelling), tools to assist with writing (spell-checking andword-prediction), and a tool that speaks and highlights pages from the Internet, opening up a wholeworld of knowledge. The Kurzweil300 can also be used for classroom and standardized test-taking,offering more independence for both the student and teacher.Assistive reading technology has been shown (e.g., Heckler, L., Burns, L., Katz, L., Elkind, J., andElkind, K. 2002 ; Elkind 1998) to help poor readers increase reading speed and comprehension, aswell as increase attention.ReferencesHeckler, L., Burns, L., Katz, L., Elkind, J., and Elkind, K. 2002 Benefits of Assistive ReadingSoftware for Students with Attention Disorders. Annals of Dyslexia, To Appear December 2002Volume 52Elkind, J. 1998. A Study of the Efficacy of the Kurzweil3000 Reading Machine in Enhancing PoorReading Performance. Portola Valley, CA: Lexia InstituteWise, B. and Olson, R 1995 Computer-based Phonological Awareness and Reading Instruction.Annals of Dyslexia 45 :99-122Elkind, J., Cohen K., and Murray, C. 1993 Using Computer-based Readers to Improve ReadingComprehension of Students with Dyslexia. Annals of Dyslexia, 46:159-186Olson, R. and Wise, B. 1992. Reading on the Computer with Orthographic and Speech Feedback.Reading and Writing 4:107-44Olson R, Foltz G., and Wise, B. 1987 Reading Instruction and Remediation with the Aid ofComputer Speech. In D. Reinking (ed.) Computers and Reading: Issuesfor Theory and Practice,New York: Teachers College Press, Columbia University.Goals & ObjectivesDescribe the project objectives in measurable terms that address the academic and technology needsof the students.The goal of the Read to Succeed! Project is to enable at risk students and students with learning andreading disabilities to improve their reading skills to the point where they can succeed in school anddevelop the reading skills that will prepare them for high school and post secondary education.
  6. 6. Studies have shown that poor readers, who are reading at a grade level or more behind, are more likely to be disruptive in the classroom, truant from school, and at risk of dropping out of high school. The main objectives include: 1. Providing a measurable increase in reading speed, comprehension, and reading attention span. The objective is that the students will double their reading speed and increase their reading skills by one to two grade levels by the end of the school year. 2. Enabling poor readers to access the general curriculum through the use of assistive reading technology to scan and read their textbooks and other classroom materials. 3. Providing learning disabled students with a multi-sensory reading alternative that will help them increase their reading speed to the point they can read on their own. 4. Helping learning and reading disabled students stay in their regular classroom with their peers, so they can continue learning in a least restrictive environment. TimelineActivitiesSubmit Grant Proposal October, 2002Expected Grant Notification December, 2002Obtain Hardware and Software January, 2002Set up Kurzweil 3000 January, 2003Training Session for Teachers February, 2003Student Introduction February, 2003Test Initial Reading Speed February, 2003Begin First 12-week Phase March, 2003-May, 2003Test Reading Improvement June,2003Prepare Results Report June, 2003 Budget Include in the budget all expenses for your project, including necessary training costs. Mention any co-funding that you are using from other sources. You may want to include a brief narrative of expenses along with a table of individual cost components. The budget includes funds for a Lab Pack containing five copies ofKurzweil Educational Systems ScanlRead Color software, along with five computers and scanners. This will provide five independent assistive reading workstations. This will give students the greatest flexibility in using their textbooks and other classroom materials.
  7. 7. Price Quantity TotalKurzweil Scan/Read Lab Pack $7,095 1 (5-pack) $7,095(Color) 5-PackSoftware Maintenance $709 1 (5-pack) $709Agreement (SMA)Epson 300 Scanner $300 5 $1,500Dell PC with Monitor $1200 5 $6,000Training $1200 1 Day $1,200 $16,504 Total .. *Note: Sample pncmg IS provided for demonstration purposes only. Please obtain current pncmg .. from Kurzweil Educational Systems or your local representative. Evaluation Provide information on the metrics that will be used to determine the effectiveness of the project or program. Standardized reading tests will be conducted at the start of the Read to Succeed! program and again at the end of the school year to determine increases in reading speed and comprehension. Additionally, those students with ADD will be tested to determine increased reading attention rates. Staff and Organizationallnfonnation Include the staff qualifications, certifications, and skills. Describe the organization and include information indicating the organizations capacity to implement and sustain the program. Jennifer Hazelton, Special Education Coordinator, holds a Bachelors Degree in Special Education from Lesley College. Jennifer Hazelton has extensive experience working with students with severe reading difficulties and was responsible for implementing the successful pilot test program in 2001. She is proficient with learning technology, including computer hardware and software. Sue Amberson, Speech and Language Pathologist, holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Vermont and a Masters degree from Boston University. Sue Amberson is working with the students with severe learning disabilities and will be responsible for coordinating participation with classroom teachers. Joan Freeman, Principal, holds a Masters degree in Education from Colby College. Joan Freeman is providing support for this program and has taken responsibility for parental and community involvement. Appendix Include relevant items in the Appendix including letters of support, research support, organizational collateral, proof of non-profit tax status, annual reports, and manufacturers brochure. • Letter of Support • Assistive Reading Software Efficacy Study
  8. 8. • Annual Report• Manufacturers BrochureSample Letter Fonnat Grant Proposal for FoundationsThe letter format has traditionally been used for proposals to seek funds from private foundationsources. Before sending a letter format proposal to afoundation, you should call or send them a letterof inquiry to make sure that they fund the type of grant you are requesting, and to check on anyspecific requirements they may have. Remember to attach supplemental materials such as brochures,efficacy studies, annual reports, tax certificates, or letters of support to your proposal. Orchard Middle School 387 Pine Hill Road Orchard, VT 02331 703-555-1212October 6, 2002ABC Foundation13 Hill StreetBoston, MA 02116RE: READ TO SUCCEED! PROJECTThe Orchard Middle School in Orchard, Vermont is seeking a grant to provide help at risk studentsimprove their reading skills. These at risk students are currently reading at two or more grade levelsbehind their peers. The objective ofthe Read to Succeed! program is to help at risk students improvetheir reading speed, comprehension, and reading attention span to the point where they are reading atgrade level. Funding in the amount of$16,504 is requested to implement this program and for thepurchase assistive reading software and hardware for the schools resource room.Orchard Middle School has 276 students. Of those 276 students, 59 have been determined to be atrisk in their reading skills for a variety of reasons including learning disabilities, such as dyslexia andattention deficit disorder (ADD), or other economic and language based difficulties. Additionally,Orchard Middle School is eligible for Title 1 funds and if these students are not given an opportunityto improve their reading skills, they are at greater risk of falling further behind their classroommaking truancy and dropping out of school more likely.The Read to Succeed! project will provide students with access to five computers equipped withscanners and assistive reading software. Students will be able to see their text books and classroommaterials on-screen with words and text highlighted, as it is read to them in a human-like voice.Included in the Read to Succeed! project will be a day of training for the Special Education Specialistand the classroom teachers on the features and use of Kurzweil 3000 software.The goal ofthe Read to Succeed! project is to enable students with learning and reading disabilities toimprove their reading skills to the point where they can succeed in school and develop the readingskills that will prepare them for high school and post secondary education.
  9. 9. The budget includes funds for a Lab Pack containing five copies of Kurzweil Educational SystemsScanlRead Color software and five computers and scanners. This will enable five independentassistive reading workstations. This will give students the greatest flexibility in using their textbooksand other classroom materials. The Kurzweil 3000 is a research-based assistive reading programdeveloped with guidance from leading reading experts.Standardized reading tests will be conducted at the beginning of the Read to Succeed! program todetermine reading speeds and comprehension and again at the completion ofthe school year todetermine the level of improvements. Additionally, those students with ADD will be tested forincreased reading attention spans.We appreciate ABC Foundation taking an interest helping Orchard Middle School implement aprogram that will help our students succeed! Please give me a call at 703-555-1212 x342 if yourequire any further information.Respectfully submitted,Jennifer HazeltonSpecial Education CoordinatorAttachments

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